Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.

The BBPA says the proposed alcohol code is unfair on pubs

BBPA dubs government's alcohol code 'lop-sided'

By Emma Eversham

The British Beer & Pub Association has called the government's planned mandatory alcohol code 'lop-sided and unbalanced' because it focuses too heavily on pubs and not enough on supermarkets.

The Tories say they want calories displayed on menus at businesses  with 15 or more outlets

Conservatives push for more calorie labelling in restaurants and pubs

By Emma Eversham

The Conservative Party has said it wants to push forward with the Food Standards Agency's efforts to get restaurants to display nutrional information on menus and will do away with unit labels on alcohol if it gets into power at the next General...

CAMRA's Jonathan Mail holds a copy of the legal appeal

CAMRA to launch legal challenge to OFT

By Gemma McKenna

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is calling on consumers to help fund a legal challenge against the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) report that ruled out action against the beer tie.

The Real Greek was one of the restaurants involved in the calorie display trial

Restaurants move closer to displaying calories on menus

By Emma Eversham

Calorie information appearing on menus could soon become commonplace across the UK according to the Food Standards Agency following a trial involving 21 restaurants and other catering businesses

Scotland's Alcohol Bill will impose a minimum price

Scotland presses ahead with Alcohol Bill

By Gemma McKenna

The Scottish Government has published its controversial Alcohol Bill, which will give ministers powers to impose minimum pricing, introduce a new tax for retailers and ban off-trade promotions

The FSA is consulting with  restaurants about adopting the  US calorie counting on menus

FSA comes under fire for nutrition approach

By Stefan Chomka, Restaurant magazine

The Food Standards Agency has come under attack for failing to give the industry proper guidance on how to introduce nutritional information onto menus

The BHA will look into the impact a reduced VAT rate will have before making a decision

BHA to study impact of lower VAT rate on hotels

By Emma Eversham

The British Hospitality Association is to look at the impact a reduction in VAT would have on hotels following calls to bring the rate down while members of the industry have their say

A reduced VAT rate would give UK hotels a much needed boost, says PKF

Call for introduction of 5% VAT rate for hotels

By Emma Eversham

Accountancy firm PKF calls for the re-tabling and support of an Early Day Motion that looks at lowering the VAT rate for hotels to give the industry 'a much needed boost'

Pubs, restaurants and hotels who want to pay music will see fees reduced this year

Hospitality businesses to get music licence refunds

By Emma Eversham

Hotels, restaurants and pubs who have paid over the odds for music licences since PPL put fees up three years ago will get refunds after a tribunal decision found that tariffs had been set too high

The OFT's verdict has drawn mixed opinion from the pub industry

OFT to take no further action on pubcos

By Becky Paskin

The Office of Fair Trading’s decision not to take any further action following the Campaign for Real Ale’s super-complaint over pubcos and the beer tie has caused mixed opinion in the industry


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